The Rules of Perspective

The Rules of Perspective

Book - 2005
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It is April 1945, and the small provincial town of Lohenfelde is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. Huddled in the vaults of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum to escape the artillery bombardment, are Heinrich Hoffer, the Acting Director, and his three colleagues: two women and one man, underground and under siege. Their petty rivalries and resentments surface quickly in this claustrophobic confinement, and the vaults become a stage for an intense psychological drama of secret histories and shared terror, as the four prepare themselves for their fate. Above the ground, picking through the rubble, is Corporal Neal Parry, who wishes he was back in West Virginia studying art and not dodging snipers in another hostile German town. When he finds an exquisite painting in what remains of the museum vaults, he is immediately reconnected with a lost world of beauty and order: the world of art.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2005.
ISBN: 9780224051873
0224051873
Branch Call Number: THORP
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 24 cm.

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Mar 25, 2014

This is a very well-written book set in Germany in 1945 in the last days of the war. Two stories are told - of the employees of an art museum sheltering in the vault and of an American soldier. But, the book is about painting, degenerate art and how art affects us all. Recommended.

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